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Coghlan to play Minor League games

JUPITER, Fla. — Claiming that his right shoulder isn’t fully healthy, Chris Coghlan will be playing center field in Minor League games for at least a little while.

Coghlan has been dealing with inflammation and tendinitis in his rotator cuff, and he was attempting to play in back-to-back games in Grapefruit League action.

Beginning on Thursday, Coghlan was set to play in center on a back field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. He will still work on the timing of his jumps and reads on balls in the outfield. But he’s been instructed not to make any strenuous throws.

Whether Coghlan will be ready for Opening Night on April 1 remains to be seen. But playing in Minor League games would give the Marlins the option to retro-active the 25-year-old on the disabled list, should he not be ready for the season opener.

“We’re going to be able to play the outfield down there,” Coghlan said. “I can still play the field, but I told [manager Edwin Rodriguez], ‘I can’t keep going out there and babying my arm.’  I’ve got to get healthy.”

Coghlan said he had an MRI on his shoulder about 10 days ago. On Wednesday, in a Grapefruit League game with Tampa Bay, there was a play that could have tested Coghlan’s shoulder.

It came in the sixth inning on Matt Joyce’s fly ball to center with Elliot Johnson on third.

Johnson didn’t tag and go, and Coghlan simply threw the ball back to the infield instead of throwing all the way to the plate.

That throw as telling, showing that Coghlan’s shoulder isn’t right.

“I could have probably made a little bit [stronger throw], but I’m not 100 percent,” Coghlan said. “I couldn’t throw it all the way home and try to throw that guy out. I told [Rodriguez], ‘I can’t just keep on going out there and doing that.’ He said, ‘I totally understand.’ “

Coghlan also is recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. His knee is doing fine, as evident by the triple he hit on Wednesday.

Right now, it’s getting his arm strength ready for the season.

Emilio Bonifacio started in center field on Thursday against the Cardinals.

Joe Frisaro

Manny in lineup vs. Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. — Manny Ramirez is among the Rays regulars on the travel roster to Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The Marlins look to snap their eight-game Grapefruit League losing streak. Chris Volstad takes the mound for Florida, while Tampa Bay is going with Cory Wade.


1) John Jaso, C
2) Elliot Johnson, CF
3) Manny Ramirez, DH
4) Matt Joyce, RF
5) Felipe Lopez, 3B
6) Casey Kotchman, 1B
7) Sean Rodriguez, 2B
8) Reid Brignac, SS
9) Sam Fuld, LF


1) Chris Coghlan, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Logan Morrison, LF
6) John Buck, C
7) Wes Helms, DH
8) Matt Dominguez, 3B
9) Emilio Bonifacio, RF

Joe Frisaro

Marlins sign lefty Choate

The revamping of the Marlins bullpen continues.

On Wednesday afternoon, the team announced the signing of free agent left-hander Randy Choate to a two-year contract. has learned the deal is for $2.5 million, including a base salary of $1 million in 2011 and $1.5 million in ’12. There are bonuses attached based on appearances.

Choate, 35, went 4-3 with a 4.23 ERA in 2010 with the Rays while making a club record 85 appearances.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins every day lineup set

Barring anything unforeseen, the Marlins’ every day lineup is set. At least, the lineup the team envisions when Spring Training opens.

Around the horn, the team plans on going with John Buck (catcher), Gaby Sanchez (first base), Omar Infante (second base), Hanley Ramirez (shortstop), Matt Dominguez (third base), Logan Morrison (left field), Chris Coghlan (center field) and Mike Stanton (right field).

A few weeks ago, Florida explored some possible center field options. They were linked to having interest in Arizona’s Justin Upton. has learned the Marlins also inquired about Tampa Bay’s B.J. Upton. But the asking price didn’t match.

The Marlins have no intention of trading their young core of players — Coghlan, Morrison, Sanchez and Stanton. If Dominguez isn’t ready, there is a chance the team could move some pieces around. Wes Helms could play third. Another scenario would be Emilio Bonifacio playing second and Infante sliding over to third. 

— Joe Frisaro



Perez-Stanton connection

Mike Stanton now has something in common with Hall of Famer Tony Perez.

Stanton belted his first MLB homer on Friday night, and it was a grand slam off Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza.

Perez, a special assistant in the Marlins organization, belted 339 home runs in his career. Like Stanton, Perez’s first home run was a grand slam.

“April 13, 1965 off Denny Lemaster,” Perez said Saturday, remembering the day as if it were yesterday.

Then a 22-year-old, Perez connected at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.

“I never got the ball,” Perez said. “It went to center field, and there was an expressway out there.”

Stanton’s blast came at age 20, and it was in his ninth game. Perez’s slam came in the second game of the 1965 season. A crowd of 4,236 was on hand to see the Reds play the Milwaukee Brewers.

Perez was hitting sixth and playing first base. Among his teammates then were Pete Rose, who played second base, and Frank Robinson was in right field.

The Brewers lineup that day included Joe Torre, Eddie Mathews, Felipe Alou and Sandy Alomar.

Stanton is the sixth Marlin in team history to hit a grand slam for his first MLB homer.

“He’s never going to forget that,” Perez said. “It was his first hit at home. All he has to do is keep playing. He will get better.”

— Joe Frisaro



Rained out Wednesday

For the second time this season, the Marlins have had a game postponed because of rain.

Wednesday’s game at Philadelphia was washed out. No makeup date has been set yet. But a possible date for a doubleheader will be on Sept. 6, when the Marlins return to Philadelphia.

The Marlins rotation has now shuffled for the new few days.

Josh Johnson, who was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday, will throw on Thursday. The Phillies are countering with Roy Halladay.

The Marlins weekend rotation at Tampa Bay now will be Anibal Sanchez (Friday), Ricky Nolasco (Saturday) and Chris Volstad (Sunday). Nate Robertson is being skipped one start, and he is available in the bullpen.

The Marlins previously were rained out on April 23 at Colorado. They made that up on April 24 with a doubleheader.

— Joe Frisaro


B Game before The Game

Fans headed to Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday will get a chance to see Johan Santana take the mound against fellow Venezuelan Anibal Sanchez.

Before the Marlins and Mets play their Grapefruit League game in Jupiter, there will be some game action on Field 2 at the stadium complex.

The Marlins and Mets have scheduled a B Game scrimmage beginning at 10 a.m.

It will mark the second straight day the Marlins will play a B Game before their regularly scheduled contest, which will start at 1:05 p.m. ET.

On Saturday morning in Sarasota, the Marlins and Orioles played a B Game. The seven-inning contest was before the Marlins faced the Rays in Port Charlotte.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins-Orioles rained out

Steady rain washed out the Marlins-Orioles game in Sarasota on Friday.

While there will not be a scheduled makeup for this Grapefruit League contest, the two teams will play a seven-inning B Game on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Sarasota.

Also on Saturday, the Marlins have a scheduled 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Rays in Port Charlotte.

Due to the rainout, the Marlins have shuffled their pitching somewhat. Ricky Nolasco will make his scheduled start against the Rays. But in the B Game in Sarasota, Sean West will start. Andrew Miller was slated to start on Friday.

Miller instead will pitch in relief on Saturday, after Nolasco, against the Rays.

Cody Ross was in the lineup on Friday, set to be the designated hitter. Ross has been out with a strained left groin.

— Joe Frisaro



Baker may DH over weekend

A strained right forearm muscle has kept John Baker out of action for the entire Grapefruit League season.

In recent days, however, the left-handed hitting catcher has taken some swings. On Wednesday, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Baker could travel with the team this weekend to the west coast of Florida.

johnbaker.jpgThe Marlins are considering using Baker as the designated hitter on Friday against the Orioles at Saturday against the Rays.

Baker is easing back into a throwing routine. The only game action he’s seen thus far has been On March 3 in the exhibition with the University of Miami. He had one at-bat in that game.

Gonzalez also didn’t rule out Cody Ross (strained left groin) getting into a game this weekend. That’s what the team is targeting, but they won’t rush things.

Gonzalez added that Ross’ ailment isn’t as serious as Cameron Maybin, who also has a strained left groin.

Baker, Ross and Maybin stayed in Jupiter on Wednesday, getting treatment and doing light baseball activities.

Ross and Maybin were scheduled to do some hitting on Wednesday.

Ross did some running also, and there is a chance he could play on Friday.

— Joe Frisaro


Market for Hermida

Speculation continues to run high that the Marlins will trade outfielder Jeremy Hermida this offseason.

The 25-year-old former first-round pick in 2002, came off a rough season, batting .259 with 13 home runs and 47 RBIs. A strained right oblique on Sept. 2, limited him to one pinch-hit appearance in the final weeks of the season.

Hermida will be entering his second season of arbitration. He made $2.25 million this year, and by the nature of the system, he’d be in line for a raise.

The Marlins are hopeful Cameron Maybin will win the center field position, and Cody Ross is expected to return. Ross, also in his second season of arbitration, could be earmarked for right field, making Hermida expendable.

Some teams believed to be interested in Hermida are the Mariners, Rays, Mets and Blue Jays. The Cubs also could have interest.

Even though Hermida has yet to perform as so many envisioned, he does have value on the open market. He still would be a more affordable option than many soon-to-be free agent outfielders. Also, in arbitration, a team could control his rights for two seasons.

Several scouts feel Hermida may be one of those players who benefits by a change of scenery.

— Joe Frisaro